Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan
Area under vine: 50 ha / 123.5 acres
Main grape varieties: Riesling
Bottles per year: 450,000
The estate Bassermann-Jordan, whose full name is Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan, is without a doubt, one of the leading wineries in Germany. In the vineyards, the main focus is clearly on Riesling. The vines grow on red sandstone, porphyry and loess in the prominent vineyards around Deidesheim, Forst and Ruppertsberg while each site emphasizes a different attribute of the Riesling variety. In fact, it was Andreas Jordan, the former proprietor of the estate, who made the first single-vineyard-wines in 1802. Besides Andreas, other members of the Bassermann-Jordan family have influenced German viticulture, too: Dr. Ludwig Bassermann-Jordan had a significant impact on the first German wine law and was also a co-founder of the VDP’s precursor, the VDNV.
Today, the estate is directed by Jana Niederberger while the wines are made by winemaker Ulrich Mell. Ulrich’s style is classic, clear and terroir-driven Rieslings, with mineral notes and a complex structure.
“Quality is not made in the cellar. It’s an expression of work and care achieved throughout the whole year in the vineyards.”